Basia Irland

LAND/ART PROJECTS AT THE OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER ABQ

LAND/ART is a collaborative state-wide project hosted by numerous New Mexico arts organizations, all organized by the 516 Gallery in Albuquerque and running through the summer and fall of 2009. Focusing on “environmental” or “land” art, the collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer new or previously unconsidered understandings of the place in which we live. The months-long project with culminate with a book, published by Radius Books and available in December, 2009. Several ongoing installations are on view at The Open Space Visitor Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Video still from the Kammer 2.1 series, by Stephen Ausherman on view through August 31, 2009.

Recipient of a New Visions Award from the New Mexico Film Office, Kammer 2.1 is an interactive video-art display that provides non-traditional interpretations of Open Space and other public lands. It is located in the Visitor Center reception area.

Big Bertha, 2008, ink on paper from A Peculiar Hush byDanielle Rae Miller, through August 29, 2009

Susan Gutt, Standing, 2006, willow, salt cedar, cane; right, Wave, 2008, bamboo, willow, cane

An Installation of dead wood tree branches from the Bosque and light and shadow-play inside the Open Space Visitor Center. Viewers will encounter a physical “painting” in the space around them as the shadows of the branches move, play and mingle with their own.

Gathered & Woven, Nan Simpson: Botanical Watercolors and Susan Gutt: Basketweavings of Indigenous New Mexico Flora, on view until August 27, 2009. There will be a reception Saturday, August 1st, 1–4 pm. Nan Simpson and Susan Gutt have been brought together due to the incredible sensitivity and skill they use when approaching the indigenous and exotic flora that is found in the rich state of New Mexico. These two artists often find themselves seeking out the function or art of the many plants that grow in the desert Southwest.

Another Open Space Visitor Center exhibition this summer focuses on the work of Basia Irland, entitled Reading Rivers: Books, Scrolls & Manuscripts. The show includes images from the Gathering of Waters projects which connect communities along the length of rivers and a selection of carved wooden books coated with an ecological “text” and scrolls from the Waterborne Disease series, depicting various pathogens. Author Lynn Cline writes, “Irland’s sculpted books possess a language of their won, a lyrical and ecological poetry that speaks volumes about the mysteries of nature and the inextricable links between humans and the environment.”

Reception with a talk by the artist on Saturday, August 1, 1–4 pm.

LAND/ART NM 2009

LAND/ART is a collaborative state-wide project hosted by numerous New Mexico arts organizations, all organized by the 516 Gallery in Albuquerque and running through the summer and fall of 2009. LAND/ART explores relationships of land, art and community through exhibitions, site-specific art works, lectures, performances, tours, excursions, film, poetry and several weekend symposiums (see below). Focusing on “environmental” or “land” art, the collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer new or previously unconsidered understandings of the place in which we live. The months-long project with culminate with a book, published by Radius Books and available in December, 2009.

LAND/ART features over 60 diverse local, national and international artists. It is the culmination and documentation of the exhibition, and features the work of such artists as Michael Berman, Erika Blumenfeld, David Taylor, Basia Irland, Patrick Dougherty, Catalina Delgado Trunk, and Shelley Niro. There is an introduction by Bill Gilbert and Kathleen Shields along with essays by Lucy Lippard, William L. Fox, Nancy Marie Mithlo and MaLin Wilson. (To pre-order a copy, click here.)


The first exhibition as part of LAND/ART NM 2009 is Here & There: Seeing New Ground, up until July 11, 2009 at the 516 Gallery in Albuquerque, NM. This exhibition features contemporary artists examining the landscape from perspectives that are both visual and cultural, including explorations of Native American film, as well as Native and non-Native artists who subvert landscape perspective to examine issues of the environment and human beings’ relationship with nature. Through photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, print, film and installation, these artists offer interpretations of the land and landscape both within and without human interaction.

Upcoming Exhibitions for LAND/ART

The Center for Land Use Interpretation Bus Tour & Exhibition

Tour June 27, 2009 Exhibition Aug 1 – Sept 19, 2009

El Otro Lado:  The Other Side

July – Aug 2009

Second Site

Aug 1 – Sept 19, 2009

Equation: a balances state?

Aug 1 – Sept 19, 2009

SiteWorks

Summer/Fall 2009

For more information on all of the exhibitions, download and print the LAND/ART guide.

The Lannan Foundation recently hosted a fundraising reception in Santa Fe for the upcoming LAND/ART book. To contribute to the ongoing exhibitions or to support this wide-ranging project, please contact Suzanne Sbarge at suzanne@516arts.org or 505-242-1445.

Smudge Studio will design, produce and web host information, documentation, and creative responses to LAND/ART on their website and blog: www.smudgestudio.org. Their project for LAND/ART joins blogging with the design and production of web exhibitions, and activates a hybrid voice that cross-pollinates journalism, art, design, education, and media. smudge studio aims to be a generative resource and outlet for artists, museum and art educators, environmental designers, and the general public.

Another Way to Support LAND/ART

Smudge Studio’s artist edition of 30 postcards depicting Limit Case” landscapes and land uses encountered on their recent journey in the Southwest. To view the postcards and order your set of 30 for a tax deductible donation of $20, please visit www.smudgestudio.org/postcards

The artists of Smudge Studio traveled through the American Southwest for 28 days and covered 3700 miles. The postcard format echoes our experience of continuous movement. These cards are signals sent from our encounters with moments that necessitate extraordinary acts of creativity and responsiveness.